Yay! It’s time for another of our Bible character study. In case you haven’t been following us, catch up on past posts Here.
Today, we are looking at King Hezekiah, the kind of person he was, his life, character, relationship with God and of course we draw lessons and look at what we can learn from his life even in this modern age.
The story of Hezekiah is one that teaches us a lot about sincere heart to heart conversation with God, going to God in prayer and why we should not hesitate to lay it all out on God’s table.
The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 28:10 that Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became king and he reigned for 29 years. He was the son of Ahaz and succeeded his father as king.
Hezekiah was a King at a time when prophets were the ones who told the people what God was saying. But there came a point where the King of Assyria threatened Judah and Jerusalem, and blasphemed God. You can read his exact proud words in Chapter 32:10.
Hezekiah did not argue with Sennacherib, the King of Assyria. At the first threat, He and Isaiah the prophet went to God in prayer and God indeed sent a word of prophecy to assure him.
But when Sennacherib sent a threatening letter, Hezekiah simply did what we sometimes forget to do. He went to the Lord directly and poured his heart, fears to God . He spread out the said letter and simply reported the writer of that letter to God.
To know how he petitioned God directly you will have to go to Isaiah 36:14 and read till verse 20.
In verse 21, God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah. And his words are instrumental.
Then Isaiah son of Amos sent a message to Hezekiah. “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word the Lord has spoken against him……….
To read more of what God said just because Hezekiah prayed read from verses 22 to 35. Lol.
The most interesting part is the physical consequences of that prayer. 185,000 thousand Assyrians died in one night. Let’s just say the battle and the War was over after that.
Yes oh. God can shut up the mouth of our detractors and those boasting against him in one swoop. He doesn’t even need hours.
As for King Sennacherib himself, read what happened to him in vs 38.
Hezekiah was not done petitioning God. To be honest, who would ??
For some reason Hezekiah fell ill, and the Lord told the Prophet Isaiah to tell King Hezekiah to put his house in order because he was going to die. As if that wasn’t enough, he was told he will not recover. Imagine God telling you to prepare for the end.
Sigh! I still can’t fathom the myriad of emotions Hezekiah must have felt. This was not Satan speaking, this was God. A lot of us would have started wailing and crying, pretending to submit to God but internally angry and feeling cheated, wondering why God would repay our faithfulness with death.
You know what this King did? No?
OK. Let me tell you. He turned his face to the wall and prayed. His exact words in Isaiah verse 38:3 is a lesson in confidence regarding what we mean to God. Hezekiah was devoted and faithful and he said as much to God. He could never have said those words if it wasn’t true. Neither will God have changed his mind if it weren’t.
If your Bible is open, then you know God changed his mind. He added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life.
A look at the life of Hezekiah. Text: 2nd Chronicles.
Hezekiah did not just start petitioning God for deep stuff and having God fight for him, add more years to his life just like that. There was a background, he had a relationship with God. He was faithful to God and God repaid his faithfulness.
Chapter 31 vs 20 says “he sought God whole heartedly and he prospered”.
Unlike his ancestors he did not tolerate idol worship, he worshipped God and made sure that his people also did same. 29:2 tells us that:
He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord just as his father David had done .
He honoured the Lord by:
Repairing the temple and purifying it. 29:3. and 29:15.
Sacrificing on the altar for atonement of all Israel.
He knew that Israel had offended God and he took the necessary steps.
Demanding consecration and purification of the Levites.
He monitored the Levite priests and ensured they were aware of their responsibilities. He recognized their importance, treated them accordingly and made sure they got what was due to them.
Celebration of Passover.
For the first time in a long while, the people celebrated Passover in large numbers. Just from reading about it in chapter 30 you can see it was a marvelous celebration the likes of which had not been seen since the time of Solomon.
Lets pause temporarily here and continue with the leadership qualities of King Hezekiah, and of course the lessons learnt later this week. Let’s just say I learnt a lot of lessons and i know you would too. Sorry! This post just had to have a part 2 because this one here is long enough already.?
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